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DIY TV Riser in Three Steps (Easy Woodworking)

Learn how to make a DIY TV riser using simple tools and wood. You can customize this to any size and stain any color you like. Make this riser fit into your decor.

Skills Required: Beginner. You’ll be using a few saws, a router, and then staining. It’s relatively easy if you have experience with tools. And honestly it’s a great project to get started with tools if you never have before!

DIY TV riser

One of the things that is nice about having neighbors is that you can help each other out. When you have a pretty solid tool collection (love you Ryobi) and know how to use them, sometimes that means making something that your neighbor needs.

And that’s how this television riser came about.

Neighbors Kiel and E.B. bought a super cute piece of furniture at Costco and then put their television and sound bar on top of it. What they didn’t notice, and I wouldn’t have either – the sound bar covered up the bottom of the screen over an inch.

They found this incredibly annoying and I don’t blame them. It was just enough that I’d be thinking, “what is going on down there? What am I missing?” Whether or not there is action behind the sound bar is irrelevant! To give you an idea . . .

Before the Riser:

Television-and-sound-bar

The above image shows you the situation that they were dealing with. So they reached out for help, and a DIY TV riser was born from sawdust. There were a few criteria for the riser, so here’s what we were working with for creation qualifications:

  • Right height – there wasn’t need for anything with feet, because it would be too tall. You could add feet to it though
  • Blend in with the unit – instead of just slapping a board down, it needed to be inconspicuous and the same color as the entertainment unit
  • Correct depth – the stand of this television is particularly large, so it required more than one board width

Easy enough, right? Here’s how this project as made. Scroll down to the bottom for the printable card.

Make a TV Riser

DIY TV Riser

Gather These Supplies

Figure out the length you’d like to make your stand. Ours was approximately 30″ or so. Measure the wood using a tape measure and make pencil marks for cutting.

Cutting a wood  board with a Ryobi circular saw

Use a circular saw to cut the wood down to the correct length. If you need a wide stand because the base of the TV is large like my neighbors, you’ll want to cut a few pieces to make more of a platform. We just three pieces.

Cutting a wood board with a Ryobi table saw

Use a table saw to cut the rounded (long) edges of the wood down flat so that they can be glued.

Clamps holding three boards together

Make one solid riser piece by adding wood glue to the long ends of the boards and then clamping the pieces together. Wipe away any excess glue that squeezes out. Let dry overnight.

Ryobi router bit

Select a router bit so that you can give the edge a nice little round. These keeps it from looking like you picked some boards out of the wood pile and stained them.

Using a Ryobi router on the edge of piece of wood

Route all of the top edges of your almost-finished DIY TV riser. It’s amazing what a difference it makes!

Rounded over edges made with a router

Once the edges are rounded, sound down the stand as desired to get it smooth. Wipe away the sanding dust.

At this time you’ll stain the riser with the stain color of your choice and rags, then let dry.

Then you’ll coat with polycrylic (if desired) using a paintbrush. You’ll let this dry as well.

If you want to add legs – because you actually need some height out of the TV riser – you can do that at this time.

You’re ready to roll! Once we placed the piece in Kiel and EB’s house . . . here’s how it looked.

After the Riser:

Television-sitting-on-top-of-a-TV-riser

This is such a simple woodworking project that solves a problem, blends into the environment, and still looks good while doing it. Get the printable how-to card for this DIY TV riser below.

Yield: 1 riser

DIY TV Riser

DIY TV riser feature

Learn how to make a DIY TV riser stand on a budget! This is such an easy woodworking project.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Dry Time 12 hours
Total Time 13 hours 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5

Materials

  • 2 in. x 4 in. x 8 ft. Douglas Fir
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Polycrylic
  • Stain
  • Rags
  • Bench feet (optional)

Tools

  • Tape measure
  • Circular saw
  • Table saw
  • Router and bit
  • Clamps
  • Pencil
  • Paintbrush

Instructions

  1. Figure out the length you'd like to make your stand. Measure the wood using a tape measure and make pencil marks for cutting.
  2. Use a circular saw to cut the wood down to the correct length. We cut three pieces.
  3. Use a table saw to cut the rounded (long) edges of the wood down flat so that they can be glued.
  4. Make one solid riser piece by adding wood glue to the long ends of the boards and then clamping the pieces together. Let dry overnight.
  5. Route all the top edges of your riser. Sand if necessary and wipe away the dust.
  6. Stain the wood using the stain color of your choice and then a rag. Let dry.
  7. If desired, coat the riser with polycrylic and let dry.
  8. Our piece didn't need legs, but at this time you can add them to finish.

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